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New Young Cattlemen’s Council announced

Calgary, AB – The first official meeting of the Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) was held last week during the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Semi-Annual Meeting in London, Ontario.The meeting followed the approval of the formation of the YCC, an outcome achieved after several years of information gathering and evaluation of a proper structure to tie the council into the CCA.The YCC is pleased to announce the support of Platinum Sponsor, New Holland, which has committed to this initiative over the next three years, as well as Inaugural Meeting Sponsor, JBS Canada.At the August 12 meeting, after being introduced to the...

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CYL announces new partners; offers participants business skills development

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Program officially announced its newest sponsors, MNP and New Holland, at the recent CYL Meet and Greet event in London, Ontario. As a Foundation Partner, MNP is generously donating $70,000 over a three year period to the CYL Program. MNP joins CYL Foundation Partners the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), Cargill, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and UFA. New Holland supports the CYL Program at the Gold Sponsor level along with Farm Credit Canada. Funding for the CYL Program is made available through its Foundation Partners and Gold Sponsors.CCA President Martin...

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CCA Statement on WTO compliance panel

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports today’s request by the Government of Canada that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a compliance panel in the ongoing U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute.The CCA has encouraged the Government of Canada to pursue this action announced by International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. The Government of Canada’s request will be considered by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on August 30.A compliance panel would determine if the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23 COOL amendment complies with the...

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Sandy Arrow Ranch recipient of 2013 The Environmental Stewardship Award

London, Ontario - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Sandy Arrow Ranch of Saskatchewan as the 2013 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The ranch, operated by Allen and Lillian Patkau, received the national honour today at the CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in London, ON.CCA Environment Committee Chair Lynn Grant presented the Patkau’s with a $1,000 cheque and an engraved belt buckle. The CCA’s national annual award, TESA has recognized the outstanding stewardship efforts of Canadian beef producers since 1996.Sandy Arrow Ranch is the latest example of producers using innovation to overcome and enhance challenging environments to...

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Calgary firm leads development of BIXS 2

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has contracted Arcurve Inc, a Canadian-based software development firm, to create the next version of the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). The first of a sequence of releases of ‘BIXS 2’ is targeted for the fall of 2013 with each successive release offering additional benefits to BIXS participants. The first release will emphasize easy import and export of data and a tool to help purchasers source important animal attributes within the beef supply chain.Arcurve was the successful bidder in a rigorous request-for-proposals process that solicited responses from software development firms across North America.

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CCA welcomes import levy

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and Canada Beef Inc. on today’s announcement of an import levy on cattle of $1 per head. The move enables the levy to be applied equally to purchasers of domestic and imported cattle as well as imported beef, putting Canada on equal ground with the U.S. for the first time since 1985.The import levy is worth an estimated $600,000 to $800,000 annually, depending on market conditions, and funds will support Canada Beef Inc.

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CCA, coalition, seek preliminary injunction in COOL case

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), as part of a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, filed a motion with the U.S. District Court yesterday seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of the recently amended U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation pending resolution of the coalition lawsuit filed July 8.The coalition lawsuit asks the court to strike down the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23 revision to the COOL regulation while the preliminary injunction motion seeks to block implementation of the COOL regulation pending resolution of the lawsuit.

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CCA Statement on Cabinet selections

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) would like to extend congratulations to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and offer its support for the Cabinet Ministry announced this morning in Ottawa.First and foremost, the CCA is pleased that Ministers Gerry Ritz and Ed Fast are to remain at their respective helms at Agriculture and Agri-Food and International Trade.The CCA has worked closely with Ministers Ritz and Fast on issues of high priority for Canada’s beef cattle industry including improving competitiveness and working to eliminate unfair trade barriers.

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